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West Somerset Research School 
Issue #5
Spring Term
Welcome to our March Newsletter. The focus of this newsletter is on metacognition and cognitive science in education.

Following a re-application and interview process, we are delighted to announce that we have been re-designated as a Research School for a further two years from September 2020.  West Somerset Research School, based at The Blue School in Wells, has been trusted to offer school-led support for evidence-based practice in the local and regional educational community.  We're really proud to have brought high quality training and support to this part of the South-West over the last three years and now look forward to continuing for a further two.

We are also very excited to be able to share the news that we will be running a half day workshop in April, based on the EEF's SEND Guidance Report which is due to be released on 20 March. Full details will be distributed and published on our website as soon as possible.  Scroll down for further information.

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Metacognition in action
In this blog, Alister Talbot, Science Research Lead at Huntington Research School, describes his experience using the metacognition cycle and teacher modelling to tackle one particularly tricky component of his chemistry lessons. Read more.
Effective retrieval practice
Director of Greenshaw Research School, Phil Stock, discusses four of their strategies to implement low stakes quizzing effectively, from whole-school teaching strategies to understanding learning progressions. Read more.
Working with parents to support metacognitive development
Assistant Director of Huntington Research School, Julie Ketllewell, describes some of the strategies they have used to support parents to understand and use metacognitive skills with their children. Read more.
Engaging with metacognitive and cognitive science evidence
Kirsten Mould, Learning Behaviours Content Specialist for the EEF, talks to Chris Tay, Primary Headteacher at Longden CE Primary School about his experiences engaging with research evidence. Read more.
EEF Trials
The EEF is currently recruiting for 11 different trials across England. These include 2 trials focused on SEND – a structured, peer-to-peer evaluation of SEND provision across secondary schools and Headsprout, a targeted reading intervention running in special schools.
Other Trials
Looking to implement Philosophy for Children (P4C) in your secondary school?
We are looking for six secondaries schools to participate in a three-year World Templeton Foundation funded project, starting with Level 1 training in July (some flexibility around dates). The project will train science and RE teachers to use the pedagogy of P4C to help students in years 9 and 10 ‘think like’ scientists, theologians and, of course, philosophers. Participation will enable students to explore topics that are common to both disciplines, such as AI or climate change. For just £1,500 (£500 per year), each school will receive a three-year Going for Gold programme worth a total of £11,500. For more information, contact
Learning by Questions innovation evaluation grants - next round open
Funding is now open for the next round of LbQ innovation evaluation projects, with grants of up to £5,000 for your school available. If you’ve got a problem, and a possible solution, we can help you find out whether or not it works. Find out more here.
The Metacognition and Self-regulated Learning guidance report reviews the best available research to offer schools and teachers 7 clear and actionable recommendations on how to develop their pupils’ metacognitive skills. The report – which is free to download from the EEF’s website – also ‘myth busts’ common misconceptions about metacognition.
Bristol is England's first UNESCO Learning City.  As part of Bristol's Learning Festival 2020, our Research School will offer a short seminar titled 'An Introduction to the EEF and The Research Schools Network'. This free seminar for primary and secondary teachers and school leaders will take place on Wednesday 1st April,  4-5pm at Knowle Park Primary School in Bristol. Full details including a flyer and booking information can be found on our website here.
SAVE THE DATE!  APRIL 24TH: A half day workshop where Kath Davies (author) from the EEF will introduce the recommendations from the soon-to-published guidance report on SEND in Mainstream Schools, being released on March 20th.  The afternoon workshop will be held in the Taunton area with details to be confirmed asap.
Calling all trainee teachers, NQTs and RQTs... Come along to our free afternoon workshop where you'll find out all about the support and resources on offer from The EEF and The Research Schools Network.  We'd particularly like to welcome new teachers from The Wells Community Learning Partnership (WCLP) and The Bath & Wells Multi Academy Trust (B&WMAT) but any teacher at the start of their career is encouraged to come along.  Full details including booking information can be found on our website here.
Getting to know the West Somerset Research School team...

In the coming issues we will put the spotlight on the team behind WSRS:

Anne Harvey
  1. Job Title: Independent English Consultant
  2. Anne's WSRS role: ELE (Evidence Lead in Education - Primary Phase Literacy). Anne is currently running our 'Preparing for Literacy' 3-day training programme.
  3. Somerset Literacy Network: Anne works within the Somerset Literacy Network. It was established in 2010 to ensure that Somerset schools have continued access to high quality literacy support and resources.
  4. About Anne: Anne has a passion for children becoming confident, skilled communicators, with a love of reading and a love of words.
  5. Contact details: email:  website:

For any West Somerset Research School enquiries please contact Liz Power (Project Coordinator) via email: 
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